Bill Evans & Stan Getz: The Peacocks
The Bill Evans Trio Featuring Stan Getz: But Beautiful (Milestone MCD-9249-2)
Recorded: Antwerp, Belgium, August 16, 1974
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
The first time I met Stan Getz, at his California home in 1983, he made a tape of a Bill Evans recording for me as a gift. Getz, who was typically sparing in his praise, spoke with genuine respect and admiration that day for the pianist, who had passed away in 1980. This live performance was still sitting unreleased in the Fantasy vaults at the time, and would not be issued until 1996. Getz and Evans reportedly had an onstage spat a few days before this recording was made—with Evans even refusing to play the piano at one point in their concert. But one could never guess it from the remarkable musical rapport the duo demonstrated on this delicate ballad performance. For comparison, listeners are urged to check out Getz's 1975 duet recording of this same song with its composer Jimmy Rowles. Both versions rank among the saxophonist's finest work of the decade.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia